Photo Dump: A Serious Man

28 09 2009


Rotten Tomatoes has been kind enough to bless us with eleven new photos from the Coen Brother’s next venture, A Serious Man. The film, a dark-comedy about a Jewish man who quickly finds both his professional and private life falling apart, is set for a limited release (grrr) this weekend, but hopefully the positive buzz coming out of the Toronto Film Festival and success in small markets will raise the number of theaters.

While on the subject of being Jewish, happy Yom Kippur to all and enjoy the fast. Read the rest of this entry »


For the Gentiles: The A Serious Man Glossary

3 09 2009

A Serious Man

Growing up Jewish (what? Eisenberg wasn’t a hint?), I have listened to Yiddish-infused English my whole life, so I actually understand people when they talk about schmattes, shmendriks and bupkes. However, while the Jewish folk out there might get it, the words seem like gibberish to anyone unfamiliar with their use.

Enter the Coen Brothers. Their next film, A Serious Man (trailer here), is about a Jewish man who, as his life is falling apart, seeks the help of three rabbis to get his life back in order. Ever the wordsmiths, the Coens have evidently peppered their script with phrases from the distinctive yet dying language. Thankfully, Focus Films, the movie’s distributor, has created a glossary of terms to help the gentiles out there know what is going on. Unwilling or unable to bring the glossary into the theater? Find a -berg, -stein, -man or even a Coen and bring them to the theater with you. I’m sure they will be able to help.

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Poster: A Serious Man

10 08 2009

A Serious Man BannerA poster for The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man has arrived online and, much like its cast, it sticks to the less is more approach. I simply like that I know exactly why he is standing on the roof and what he is gazing at (check out the plot description to find out). Check out the sized-down poster after the jump (click it for full resolution) and check out the trailer here and my rant about the film here. Read the rest of this entry »

Rant of the Week! – Week 2

6 08 2009


Last Thursday, I posted the trailer for the new film by my favorite filmmakers: The Coen Brother’s A Serious Man. As I pointed out in the post, unlike the Coen’s most recent movie, which starred the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich, and Francis McDormand, their next release sports Richard Kind as the most notable name. Why would this make me mad enough to use up the Rant of the Week? It doesn’t; it is the film’s constricted release that has me up in arms.

Following its premiere during the upcoming Toronto Film Festival in September, A Serious Man will receive a limited release stateside on October 2nd. May I remind everyone here that this is a film making pair that has won four academy awards, three of which came in 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus Clip: I Like the Part When It Eats the Plane

30 07 2009


The worst part about this post is that, because I found the A Serious Man trailer first, this is going to push the Coen Brothers from the top of the page.

Anyway, that title really just says it all, does it not? The full trailer came out in May and I was amazed that this was going to be an actual feature film and not a movie of the week on the SyFy channel. To sum it up, the movie is about a mega shark fighting a giant octopus. Now watch the clip damnit:

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Trailer: A Serious Man

30 07 2009

A Serious Man

Steve Buscemi officially became my favorite actor after watching Fargo. I have watched The Big Lebowski well over 100 times and gotten many to appreciate the film on the same level that I do. I was prepared to never watch the Oscars again if Javier Bardem didn’t win Best Supporting Actor for No Country For Old Men (thank God he did). Raising Arizona made me understand that, at one point, Nic Cage was a funny, respectable actor. Needless to say, I love the Coen Brothers and I do not hide it.

Needless to say, my heart rate doubled when I discovered, shortly after reading that the film would premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, that the trailer for the Coen Brothers next film, A Serious Man, was available online. So far, this is one of the best trailers I have seen all year and would be the best had it not been for Where the Wild Things Are. The trailer is brilliant, especially in its sound editing. If you are expecting some major movie stars like the ones the brothers landed in Burn After Reading, you will be sincerely disappointed, but it really shouldn’t matter to you. The movie is scheduled to have a limited released October 2 (a total joke), but hopefully it will expand after that.

Watch in HD over at Apple or find the trailer after the jump:

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